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Cultural Competency: Welcome

Resources to help open your eyes to the customs, beliefs and values of the patients you treat.

Finding Ebooks and Ejournals

The best way to find Ebooks is with the Medical Ebooks Search.  There are subject sets for public health and for epidemiology, so start by picking the one most likely to contain your topic, or search by typing a keyword in the box.  

You can also search in the library catalog, click the "Library Search" tab, enter your keyword, and use the filters to narrow the results to certain campus locations, or to electronic resources.

Find the Ejournals by searching for a word in the name of the journal (not by the title of an article). Consider related terms that might be useful.  To narrow your retrieval, choose more specific terms; to broaden your search, think of umbrella terms that are on topic but less specific. Remember, you are only searching the name of the journal, not for individual articles (see PubMed for that).

Subject Guide

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Kevin Block
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About Cultural Competency and New Jersey

New Jersey is a very racially and ethnically diverse state

We are one of the top 3 most diverse states with respect to racial/ethnic and foreign born populations.    

This rich diversity presents a challenge to health professionals. Diverse populations bring different attitudes, expectations, beliefs and communication styles to each health encounter. Health professionals must be sensitive to these complex issues if they are to be successful.

Culturally competent health workers not only respect cultural differences, they incorporate them into the entire patient care or program planning process. In the health care setting, this can require organizational change as well as more skilled one-on-one patient interactions.

The result can be better patient care and better health in our communities.

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